Sweetshade

Hymenosporum flavum

Hymenosporum flavum (Sweetshade) - full view

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Hymenosporum flavum (Sweetshade) - leaves

Foliage detail

  • Size:

    Height: 25-35'; Spread: 15'

  • Growth:

    Slow to moderate

  • Character:

    Evergreen; upright form; moderate canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Medium-green, glossy, oval leaves, 2-'6" long.

  • Flower:

    Yellow, very fragrant flowers, 1" long, in clusters 2-3" across, bloom May-September. 

  • Fruit:

    Insignificant fruit.

  • Bark:

    Smooth, gray bark.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Early pruning needed to establish and maintain central leader, and to encourage good branch structure. Sidewalk clean-up during flower drop. 

  • Tolerance:

    Sandy soil. 

  • Special Considerations:

    Prefers sun and warmth, protection from wind, and good drainage. Irregular shape when young, eventually fills out. Flowers may drop.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Australia. Flower fragrance is pleasant and attracts birds and bees.